After the shooting death of two French citizens kidnapped in Niger, François Picard’s panel looks at Paris’ decision to go after the hostage-takers, why France is such a target for Al Qaeda-linked Islamist insurgents, and the consequences of a permanent security threat on the poor, landlocked nation of Niger.
- Ariane KIRTLEY, Founder and director, Amman Imman: Water is Life (NGO)
- Marc PERELMAN, France 24 French politics editor
- Dr. Walid PHARES, Senior Fellow, Foundation for Defense of Democracies (By satellite from Washington)
- David LEWIS, Dakar Correspondent for Reuters (By phone from Dakar)
Programme produced by Perrine Desplats and Yi Song.